(London) Two members of an oil tanker crew died in an attack that was reported off Oman on Thursday, ship owner Zodiac Maritime said on Friday.
Posted on Jul 30, 2021 at 9:17 am
“It is with great sadness that we learned that the incident aboard M / T Mercer Street resulted in the deaths of two crew members: a Romanian citizen and a British citizen,” said Zodiac on Twitter. Maritime, an international company based in London.
According to the UKMTO Maritime Operations Site, an anti-piracy agency reporting to the British Navy, the attack was reported at 6 p.m. GMT Thursday while it was approximately 152 nautical miles (280 kilometers) from the coast of Oman.
“Our first concern remains the safety and well-being of everyone on board and affected by the situation,” the ship owner continued, adding that an investigation is ongoing.
A spokesman for the UK Ministry of Defense also said its headquarters in the region are “currently investigating”.
In an earlier tweet she had confirmed “suspected piracy” on board M / T Mercer Street.
“At the time of the incident, the ship was in the northern Indian Ocean and was sailing from Dar es Salaam” in Tanzania “to Fujairah” (United Arab Emirates) “with no cargo on board,” he said.
The ship is owned by Japanese and operated by Zodiac Maritime’s UK base owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer, who is ranked 197th richest person by Forbes with an estimated net worth of $ 11.3 billion.